Don't let the tarp block the air flow to her nest
just place it where it blocks the sun from causing her "more" heat.
My broodies don't get up. I have done a lot of studing/watching my hens in the last 2 years. To My memory, none of them get off the eggs the last 2/3 days---that's why I feel its important to not put feed right at the nest
if they eat they got to poop----either in the nest or they have to jump off the nest during the hatch----which would Not be Good ""HERE"". Let me say this---some yesars back I fed at the nest----after some serious Pooping in the nest---I did some Thinking on this----now I do not have poop in the nest or hens getting off the nest the last days to poop. How Do I Know they do not get off the nest some might ask???? All my broodies are put in private hatching pens----when its "lock-down" time I put the feed in a perfect pile, the waterer had been changed to a chick waterer and I know where the level is on it and I check out the dirt floor for poop etc. If a Broody got off and pooped, I would see it, if she touched the feed pile I would see that as well as if she drinks some water. So I would know if they got off----they don't.
Hate its day 22
did I ask you if you count the day you put the eggs under her as day 1 or if the next day 24hrs later is day 1????
I totally see the whole putting food on the other side. She just seemed really "off" when she brought the dead chick out of the nest ad suddenly started checking around for food. She was wonderful before this whole mess! I just don't want her off for at least another 24hrs. We put the eggs under her late at night, so I counted the next day as day 1....am I 1 day off? That's would be great!😀 Thank you for your help...3 books, countless blogs and I'm still learning lol